Thomas Lechford.

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caster" (Savage). A lot at Muddy John Oliver," says Hull, in his Diary,
River (Brookline), for two persons, was " one of choice parts, endued with a
granted him by the town, Aug. 31, 1640 ; variety of able gifts for the generation ;
and he was a constable in 1649, and clerk but God took him away in his youth, to
of the market in 1655 (Drake s Bos- the saddening of very many godly hearts,
ton, pp. 253, 318,. 341). His first wife and threatening the rising generation."
was Abigail (surname unknown), and his He was not quite thirty years old at the
second was Mary, a daughter of the Rev. time of his death.

John Wheelwright. [T.] 8 William Wilson, a joiner by trade,

2 John Oliver, son of the Elder was admitted to the church in 1635. He



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greeting in our Lord God everlasting Knowe yce that I the
said William Wilson for divers good causes and considera
tions me thereunto moving have demised granted & farme
letten and by these presents doc demise grant and to farme
let unto William Dinclcy of Boston aforesaid barber all
those my three acres fc halfo of meadow or pasture ground
more or lessc called Marshtoftc lying in Dunnington in the
County of Lincolne abutting upon the north end of the (Jop-
pihold land of my brother Thomas Wilson there w ch said
meadow or pasture ground my ffather William Wilson pur
chased of one Avis ills 1 Ilavyo of Dunnington Northrop afore
said husbandman deceased To have and to hold the said
meadow or pasture ground w th the appurtences unto the
said Willm Dincloy his executors administrators and as-
signcs from the day of the date of these presents for and
during the space of seaven dayes from thence forth fully
to be coinpleat and ended Tn Witncsse wherof A:c. 22? 8.
In presencia Mr Richard Waite Willm Pell & mei Tho. L.
[1*. Wilson & Dinclcy. 2 ]

This Indent ure made the T\venty fourth day of October in
the fourcteenth yeare of the raigne of our Soveraigne Lord
Charles by the grace of God King of England Scotland France
& Ireland etc. Anncxp Dili 1038, Uetwccnc William Wilson
of Boston in New England, Planter, and Patience his wife, of
the one partc, and John Tinker of Boston aforesaid, planter,
of the other partc, Witnesseth that the said William Wilson
[11] and Patience his wife for and in consideration of the
summc of five shillings in hand payd before the sealing &
delivery of these presents by the said John Tinker, and for
divers other good causes & Considerations them thereunto

was afterwards deputy-marshal, and kept - This short lease, like that of Clem-

the prison, wherein, it would seem, he cut to Sailer, and of Hood to Parish

lived, or ;it any rate Ids widow after (pp. 1, 7, ante), was made only for the

him (lie died in lG4t>). The General purpose of facilitating the conveyance of

Court was forced to bribe her to leave the fee, by interposing a fictitious " es-

ijuietly, as she imagined that it belonged tate for years," thereby avoiding livery

to her by right. and seizin to the grantee (in trust) or to

1 Avis, alias llavye. the future purchaser. [T.]



LECIIFORD S MANUSCRIPT NOTE-BOOK. 21

moving have granted, bargained, sold, enfcoffed confirmed
unto the said John Tinker, All those three acres and halfe of
meadow or pasture ground more or lesse, called Marshtofte,
lying in Dunningtoii ] in the County of Lincolne, abutting
upon the north end of the Coppihold land of Thomas Wilson
brothci* of the said "William Wilson there, w ch said meadow
or pasture ground William Wilson, ffathcr of the said William
Wilson party to those presents, purchased of one Avis al s
Ilavyc of Duimington Northrop aforesaid, husbandman, de
ceased, Together with all waves, profits & commodities there
unto belonging or reputed to belong And all rents rcvon-ons
services, and other hereditaments thereunto belonging what
soever And all deeds evidences writings escripts and minii-
ments whatsoever concerning the same in whose custody
soever they be And also all the right title claimc interest
and demand whatsoever of them the said William Wilson
and Patience his wife of iu and to the premises and every
or any parte thcrof To have and to hold the said meadow
or pasture ground rents rcvercons services and all and sin
gular the premises w th the appurtenances whatsoever unlo
the said John Tinker his heires and assignes for ever To
the only use & proper bchoofe of the said John Tinker his
heires and assignes for ever To be holdcn of the chcife Lord
or Lords of the iTee or ffees of the premises by the rents
and services therefore due tfe of right accustomed. And the
said William Wilson and Patience his wife doe for them
selves their heires executors administrators and assignes
Covenant promise & grant to and with the said John Tinker
his heires and assignes by these presents that he and they
shall or may lawfully have hold and enjoy the premises and
every parte thcrof freed and discharged of all Judgments
Statutes, merchant & of the Staple, recognizances bariraincs
sales gifts grants fcoffments wills ioyntures dowers titles
troubles charges & incumbranccs whatsoever from time to

1 Dunnington, or Donnington, about Northrop was crossed out by Lechford,

six miles southwesterly from Boston, iu both in the short lease and (at its first

Lincolnshire. The name was originally occurrence) in this deed to John Tinker,

written Dunnington Northrop, but the [T.j



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time and at all times hereafter without the lett trouble or
eviction of them the said William Wilson & Patience their
lieires or assignes or of any other person or persons what
soever. And that they the said Willm Wilson & Patience their
heires and assignes shall & will from time to time and at
all times hereafter at the reasonable request and cost and
charges in the law of the said John Tinker his heires or
assignes make and acknowledge or cause to be made &
acknolcdged any further assurances or conveyances in the
law whatsoever for the better & more sure setling <t con
veying the premises unto & upon the said John Tinker his
heires [12] and assignes according to the true intent &
meaning of these presents so as the said William Wilson
and Patience his wife or their heires or assignes be not
compelled to travell out of the Jurisdiction of the Massa
chusetts in New England for the making or acknowledging
thereof And the said William Wilson and Patience his
wife doe hereby constitute and make their welbeloved Richard
Tunnard, and Thomas Wilson, brother of the said William,
their true and lawful Attorneys, joyntly or severally for them
the said William and Patience and in their names to enter
into and upon the premises and quiet & peaceable possession
thereof to take and afterwards quiet and peaceable possession
livery and seizin thcrof to deliver over unto the said John
Tinker his heires and assignes according to the purporte
and true meaning of these p r sents ratcfying and allowing
whatsoever their said Attorneys shall lawfully doe in the
premises. In witnesse whereof the parties above sayd have
hereunto interchangeably sett their hands and scales the
day and yeare first above written. In p r ncia nril. dcor
Testin ore Attornem* V Willm Dynely indorse sur le fait, fact
20 8, &c. coram nobis. [5s. Wilson & Tinker.]

Me Willm Wilson Do Boston in Nova Anglia Plantatorcm
tener & c . JohT Tinker in Centum libris &. dat. 24. 8. In
p r ncia nrn. dcor Testin. The Condicon of this Obligation
is such that if the said William Wilson and Patience his
wife their heires executors administrate and assiimcs shall



LECHFORD S MANUSCRIPT NOTE-BOOK. 23

from lime to time and at all times hereafter observe keepe
fulliill and performe all such articles agreements grants &
Covenants on their parte to be observed kept fullfillcd and
performed as they are mentioned and contcyncd in one
pairc of Indentures bearing date w th these presents made
bctweenc the said William Wilson of the one parte and the
said John Tinker of the other parte Then this obligacon
shall 1)0 voyd and of none effect or els shall remaine & be
in full power strength and vertnc. [Is. Wilson & Tinker.]

Articles of agreement indented made the twenty-fourth day of Octo
ber, in the four ctecnth yeare of the Raiane of our Sovcraifl-nc Lord
Charles Inj the. grace- of God King of England Scotland France and
Ireland tfo. Annoy Dni 1638 flctwccnc WILLIAM WILSON of
Boston in New England Planter of the one parte and JOHN
TINKER of Boston aforesaid planter of the oilier parte.

Whereas the said William Wilson and Patience his wife
have by their deed indented bearing date w th these presents
granted <fc conveyed certaino meadow or pasture ground lying
in Dunnington in the County of Lincolne unto the said John
Tinker [13] his hcires and assigncs for ever as more at large
by the said deed indented it dotli & may appearc Now it is
Covenanted concluded declared and agreed by and betwecne
the parties aforesaid that the said grant and conveyance is and
shall be upon this spcciall trust and confidence that the said
John Tinker shall sell the premises for them unto some per
son or persons in England for as much money as he by his best
skill and endevours can get for the same. Item, that the
moneys the premises shall be sold for shall be disposed, first
of all towards the payment of the debts of the said William
Wilson s father, and next towards the bringing over, passage
and provisions of Alice Wilson, mother of the said William
into these parts of New England, if she please to come, wherein
the said John shall well and faithfully help and advise the
said Alice.

Item, that the said John shall receive five pounds and tenne
shillings thereof for his labour and charges thereabout ; and
the residue of the said money to be to the said Alice Wilson.



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Itiri that the said William Wilson & Patience and their
hcircs execute admors and assignes shall from time to
tyme and at all tymcs hereafter save & keepe harmelesse
the said John his hcircs executors & administrators of and
from all actions suits troubles charges & demands w ch
shall any wayes arise and come upon or be brought against
him or them for or by reason of any reasonable grants cove
nants agreements bonds condicons or other assurances w ch
the said John shall be required to enter into or make unto
the purchasor or purchasors of the premises according to the
purport of the said Deed indented & of these presents.

Itm if the said Lands cannot be sold after all the best
endevours of the said John therein to that purpo se then
the said John shall have only fforty shillings for his paynes
& charges thereabout and shall upon reasonable demand
rcconvey the premises to the said William Wilson his heircs
and assignes or to whomsoever lice or they shall appoint.
Iii witnesse whereof the parties aforesaid have to these
presents interchangeably sett their hands and scales the
day and year first above written In p r ncia nrii. dcor
Tcstin. [3s. 4iZ. Wilson Tinker.]

Me Johciii Tinker de Boston in N. A. Plantat. tener Will
Wilson in 1001 Dat. 24. 8. In p r ncia nrn. dcor Testin.

The condicon &. to kecpc Covents & c . in the said articles
put <fc?

[Is. Tinker & Wilson.]

Me Willm Wilson De Boston in N. A. Plantat. tener &
John Tinker in 100H Dat. 24. 8. In p r ncia mTi. dcor
Tcstin.

Condiconed ut sup? Rec. p fc . in garden fruits. [Is. Wilson
& Tinker.]

[14] To all Christian People to whomc these presents shall
come I Thomas Dexter of Lynnc in New England, yeoman,
send greeting in our Lord God everlasting, Knowe Yce that
for my naturall love and good affection that I beare unto my
sonne & heire apparent Thomas Dexter & for other good



LECHFORD S MAXi SCRIPT XOTE-BOOK. 2;">

causes <fc considerations me thereunto moving, 1 have given
and granted and by these }) r esenis doe give <fc grant unto the
said Thomas Dexter my sonne, One mansion house and all
outhouses, barncs, stables, cowhouses & the appurtenances,
and one water mill w th the appurtenances, and six hundred
acres of land meadow and pasture to the said mansion house
belonging, lying and being in Sandwich by the Indians here
tofore called Shawine, w th in the Jurisdiceon of the Pal cut of
Plymouth in New England, and all woods, underwoods, com
mons & appurtenances to the same pcrteyning whatsoever, To
have and to hold the said Mansion house & premises, w th all
it siugularc the appurtenances unto the said Thomas Dexter
my sonno his heires and assignes for ever, to the only use
it proper behoofe of the said Tho : Dexter my sonne his heires
and assignes for ever. And also I doe for the considerations
aforesaid give & grant unto the said Thomas Dexter my
sonnc, one plough or teamc \v th fourc oxen it one horse or
mare, w th all necessaries to the same, To have it to hold to
him my said sonne, his executors, administrators and assignes
for ever. And I grant it hereby promise to my said sonne
that if he shall not think good to accept of the premises
hereby granted, that I will pay him the summe of live hundred
pounds upon reasonable demands. In witnessc whereof I
have hereunto set my hand and scale, the twenty fourth day
of October in the fourctecnth yeare of the raigne of our
Soueraigne Lord Charles King of England etc. Annocp Dili
1638. l In p r ncia nrn. Anthonij fcwiinmer ct mci T. L.
[2s. Qd. Dexter & Dexter.]

[15] This Indenture made the thirtieth day of October in
the fouretcenth yeare of the raigne of our Sovcraignc lord
Charles by the grace of Cod King of England Scotland

1 On a subsequent page will lie found returne into these parts of New Eng-
a bond given by Thomas Dexter, the l;md, or not lie well advanced in mar-
son, in consideration of this deed, for riage according to the good likeing of
the payment of 100 to each of his the said Thomas." One of the daugh-
sisters, Mary and Frances Dexter, in ters of Thomas Dexter, Sr., married
case the said Thomas (junior) "should John Friend, of Boston, October, 1639
marry a wife and dye at sea before lus (see pp. 20, 21, j)ost). [T.]



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France & Ireland &c. Annocp Dili 1038, Betweene Katherine
Coytmorc, 1 late of Wapping in the County of Middlesex],
and now of Charles Towne in New England, widdowc, In
crease Nowell 2 of Charles Towne aforesaid, Esq r , & Parnell
his wife, Thomas Graves of Wapping aforesaid, mariner, &
Katherine his wife, and Mary Eaglesfeild daughter & hcirc
of Susanna Eglesfeild deceased, sister of the said Parnell &
Katherine Graves, all three daughters of Thomas Grey, late
of Harwich in the county of Essex mariner, deceased, & of
the said Katherine Coytmorc sometimes his wife, of the one
parte, and Robert Kidd of Sutton in the county of Suffolke,
yeoman, of the other parte, witnesseth, that the said Kather
ine Coytmore, Increase Nowell & Parnell his wife, Thomas
Graves & Katherine his wife, and Mary Eaglesfeild, for and
in consideration of the somme of flive hundred & fiifty pounds
of lawfiill money of England to them in hand payd before the
sealing and delivery of these presents by the said Robert Kidd,
whcrof and wherewith the said Katherine Coytmore Increase
& Parnell Thomas Graves & Katherine his wife & Mary doe
acknowledge themselves to be satisfied & payd & therof and
of every parte therof doe remise release & for ever quitt
clayme the said Robert Kidd his heires executors adminis
trators and assignes by these presents Have aliened, granted
and cnfcoffed, and by these presents doe alien grant and cn-
feofi e unto said Robert Kidd, the one moity and halfendeale

1 This indenture supplies some addi- fluous to remark that this Airs. Coyt-

tional information, respecting the family more was not, at a later period, Gov-

of Airs. Coytmore, to that which has ernor Winthrop s wife, but his wife s

been gathered by Mr. Froth inglmm mother-in-law.

(History of C hnrlcstown, p. 86) and 2 Increase Nowell came with Win-
Mr. Savage, showing that she was the throp in 1630 ; and was one of the found-
daughter of Robert Myles, of Sutton, er.s of the church at Charlestown. He
County Suffolk, and had by her first was at first Ruling Elder ; but it being
husband, Thomas Grey, of Harwich, thought that he could not hold this
County Khsex, three daughters : Par- oflice together with that of assistant,
nell (married Increase Nowell), Kath- he gave it up. He was for many years
erine (married Thomas Graves), and Secretary of the Colony, and was as-
Susanna (married Eaglesfield), who sistant from 1629 to his death in 1G55.
died before the making of this inden- His wife was Parnell Grey, daughter of
ture, leaving one daughter, Mary Ka- Katherine Coytmore by Thomas Grey,
glesticld. [T.] It is probably super- as here shown.



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of all and singulare those freehold lands and tenements late
of Robert Myles, of Sutton aforcsayd, yeoman, deceased,
fl ather of the said Kathcrine Coytmore, now or late in the
tenure or occupation of the said Robert Kidd or his assignes,
situate, lying <fc being in Sutton aforesaid, and in the manners
or towncs or villages of Sutton Storkerland <fc Campscy,
Houslyc, Setleburgh, Ufford, Blacksall, or any other towncs,
villages, hamlets or mannors, w th in the county of Stiff,
wheresoever, w th all and singulare the appurtenances thereof,
And all deeds, evidences writings escripts & minuments
whatsoever concerning the same in whose custody soever
they be that they the said Katherine Coytmore Increase
Par noil Thomas Graves and Katherine his wife & Mary or
any of them caii or may come by w th out suit of law. And
all their & every of their right title clay me interest and de
mand of in and to the premises and every parte & parccll
thereof To have & to hold the said moity & halfendealc of
the said ffreehold Lands & Tenements & all & singulare the
premises wth the appurtenances unto the said Robert Kidd
his hoi res & assignes for ever To the only use & proper be-
hooi c of the said Robert Kidd his heircs assignes forever
To be holdcn of the cheife Lord or Lords of the flee or ffccs of
the premises by the rents & services therefore due & of right
accustomed. And they the said Katherine Coytmore In
crease <fe Parncll Thomas Graves & Katherin his wife [16]
and Mary doe for themselves their heircs executors and ad-
ministrat" Covenant promise and grant to and wth the said
Robert Kidd his heires and assignees by these presents that
hee it they shall or may lawfully from tyme to tyme & at
all tymes hereafter have hold & enjoy the premises hereby
granted and every parrte thereof freed & discharged of &
from all former <fc other grants bargains sales fcoffments
iudgmcnts statutes, merchant of the Staple, Recognizances
(lines issues amcrciamcnts Joynturcs dowers titles of dower
and of and from all other titles troubles charges & incum-
brances whatsoever had made done or suffered or to be had
made done or suffered by the said Katherine Coytmore In
crease and Parncll Thomas Graves & Katherine his wife &



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Mary their heircs or assignes or any of them or hy their or
any of their assent meanes or procurement wthout the let
trouble or eviccon of them or any of them or of any other
person or persons lawfully clayming from by or under them
or any of them And Also that they & every of them their
and every of their heircs and assignes shall & will from
time to tyme and at all tymes hereafter wthin the space of
twenty ycarcs next ensuing the date hereof at the reasonable
request and at the cost & charges in the law of the said
Robert Kidd his heircs or assignes make doe acknowledge
levy & suffer or cause to be made done acknowleged Icvyed
& suffered all and every such farther & other lawfull & rea
sonable act & acts thing & things assurances & conveyances
in the law whatsoever for the more better & sure conveying
& sure making of the premises hereby granted & every parte
thcrof unto the said Robert Kidd his heircs ancl assignes as
by him or them or his or their Councell learned in the Lawe
shall be reasonably advised devised or required soe that for
the making doing acknowledging levying or suffering thcrof
the said Katherinc Coytmore Increase & Parnell Thomas
Graves and Katherine his wife & Mary their heires and
assignes or any of them be not compelled to travcll out of
the Jurisdiccon of the Massachusetts in New England. And
the said Katherine Coytmore Increase & Parnell Thomas
Graves & Katherine his wife & Mary have constituted and
ordained, ct in their place have put, & by these p scnts do con
stitute & ordaine & in their place put their welbeloved & hon
oured friends S r William Wiseman of Canfeild Hall 1 in the
county of Essex, Knight and Baronet, Robert Mather of Sutton
aforesaid, gent., and Henry llalfin of the same, yeoman, their
true and lawfull atturneys, ioyntly & severally for them <fc in
their names to enter into & upon the premises hereby grated

1 Sir William Wise-man, created a He was born in 1GOO, and succeeded to

baronet in 1628, and appointed she* riff the family estates on the death of his

of the County of I-^sex in IGoS, was elder brother, Robert, April 21, 1028.

the second son of Thomas Wiseman, He had three sisters, named Mary,

" who married Alice, daughter and heir Susan, and Parnell (Morant s History

of Robert Mylcs of Sutton, in Suffolk, of Essex, ii. 283, 4G2). [T.]
ES<I.," and sistiT of Mrs. Coytmore.



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& possession tlicrof to take, and after such possession thcrof
liad <fc taken for thorn <fc in thoir names full <fc peaceable pos
session, loving and Seizin tlicrof unto the said Robert Kidd
or his eertaine Atturney in this behalfe to deliver according
to the tenor force forme <t effect of these presents Ratefying
tt allowing all & whatsoever their said Attorney or Attor
neys or any or cither of them shall doe in the premises In
witnessc whereof the partyes aboucsaid have hereunto inter
changeably sett their hands and scales the day and yearc first
abovcAvritten, In p r ncia nrii. Johis Wintrop & me T. L. Signed
sealed <fc dd. by Kathcrine Coytmorc Increase N. & Parncll his
wife & Mary B. in p r ncia nrii. [6s. Sd. 5s. 0. Mrs. Coytmorc
& others & Ividd.]

[17] To all Christian people to whomc these presents shall
come Wee Katherine Coytmorc late of Wapping in the County
of Midd and now of Charles Townc in New England Widdow
Increase Nowcll of Charles Townc aforesaid Esqr. & Parnell his
wife Thomas Graves of Wapping aforesaid Mariner & Kather
ine his wife and Mary Eaglesfeild Daughter & hcirc of Susanna
Eaglesfcild deceased, Sister of the said Parnell & Katherine
Craves all three daughters of Thomas Grey late of-IIanvich in
the County of Essex Mariner & of the said Katherine Coytmorc
sometimes his wife send greeting in our Lord God everlast
ing, Kuowe yee that AVO have made constituted ordained and
appointed and by these presents do make constitute ordaine &
appoint our Avelbelovcd and honoured ffriends S r William Wise
man of Canfcild Hall in the County of Essex Knight & Baro
net Robert Mather of Sutton in the County of Suff. gent and
Henry Ilalfin of the same yeoman and every of them severally
our sufficient and lawfull Atturnoy and Atturnevs at some
Court or Courts holdcn for the Mannor or severall Mannors of
Sutton, Sutton Storkerland & Campsey Ilouslye, Setleburgh,
Ul ford, Blacksall or any other Mannor or Mannors \v th in the
County of Suffolk e or for any the said Mannors for us or any of
us and in our names steads & places or in the name stead or
place of any of us to surrender into the hands of the Lord or
severall Lords of the said Mannor or Mannors the one moity and



80 LECll FORD S MAX l> SCRIPT NOTE-BOOK.

halfendoalc of all those our Coppihold or Customary lands
mcsuagcs or Tenements late of Robert Mylcs of Sutton afore
said yeoman deceased ffathcr of the said Katlierine Coytmorc
now or late in the tenure or occupation of Robert Kidd of Sutton
aforesaid yeoman or his a$ss and all our or any of our Coppy-



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